Try as I might, my company is not perfect, nor are the products that we make. Still, about 5% of our herbal creams go bad for one reason or another. This is why we have a very solid policy on always replacing these products.
There are a few things that cause our herbal creams to go bad that you might not think of:
- Having multiple different people use a jar
- With different bacteria on our skin, the bacteria do not always play nice and may start to grow in the cream when they hit a higher amount.
- Keeping the jar in the bathroom
- Bathrooms often have lots of steam. This steam can cause separation and make an herbal cream an ideal place to grow mold and bacteria.
- Not closing the container all the way
- When a container is partially open, air can travel in and out, feeding bacteria that would otherwise have a limited air supply.
Ok, so what can you do to reduce these from causing problems:
- Wash your hands before using a natural product or use a stick to remove the product from the jar.
- To increase the shelf life of the product, keep the product in the fridge. This can double the shelf life and reduce bacteria and mold from growing on herbal creams.
- If you are not keeping your creams in a fridge, keep them in a cool, dark area.
- At the first sign of mold/bacteria growth, remove the portion of cream containing the infection to prevent it from spreading further.
- Do not stir or whip up the cream in the container. If there are any particles on the top of the cream this mixes them in and you will no longer be able to remove any potentially infected cream.
Making herbal creams is hard and very time consuming. Taking good care of your purchase is important for it to work right and not go bad before you receive the benefits of the herbs inside.
Lucky for you, we will soon be having a class on making herbal creams! Sign up today as space is limited to join us at Tonic Herb Shop in Shepherdstown, WV for a day of learning advanced herbal product making techniques.